July 20, 2016
State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Speaks at
Safe Schools Conference
SACRAMENTO—California continues to make sure students, teachers and staff will be safe and secure at school, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced at the 7th Annual “Safe Schools Conference” in Garden Grove.
Torlakson kicked off the conference, which brings together nearly 900 school administrators, counselors, child welfare and attendance personnel, safe schools coordinators, law enforcement, probation officials, mental health and social workers, and school psychologists.
“We need to heal as a nation. We need to come together,” Torlakson said. “Our schools can lead the way. Every day on campuses all across this great state, teachers, law enforcement, student, parents, and community members work together and show how we can build trust and confidence in each other and promote safety. “
The conference seeks to address critical safe schools issues such as bullying and cyberbullying, gang prevention and intervention, truancy, dropout prevention, crisis response, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, legal issues, law enforcement, and building a positive school climate.
California law requires all schools each year to update a comprehensive School Safety Plan. The California Department of Education (CDE) provides extensive background material, training resources, workshops, and updated school safety information to school districts.
Torlakson also created a statewide School and Community Safety Advisory Committee with more than 40 members. The committee meets regularly to promote school safety, showcase best practices, and discuss new developments. Information on school safety and violence prevention is available on the CDE School Safety Resources Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/vp/ssresources.asp].
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100